Swift Mourinho appointment shows difference in how Tottenham and Arsenal are run

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S arrival at Spurs has created a huge debate but my initial reaction was how decisive the club’s hierarchy had been.Talk of a power shift in north London has raged of late and this latest development feels significant.1 Mourinho’s swift arrival shows the difference in how the two biggest north London clubs are runCredit: PA:Press AssociationTottenham have reacted while Arsenal have stalled again.To discard a manager who will immediately be courted by Europe’s elite puts Daniel Levy’s decision under scrutiny — yet it feels right.I’m a big admirer of Mauricio Pochettino but his departure was inevitable.Levy put him out of his misery because the realisation that the ceiling had been reached had crushed the Argentine.Even the prestige of reaching a Champions League final and the Premier League’s financial muscle could not convince top players to join Spurs.IN DECLINEThis young vibrant team peaked in the final season at White Hart Lane and deteriorated from then on.The inferiority complex which Poch had fought so hard to rid Tottenham of eventually engulfed him.It was never the start of a new era at a wonderful new stadium as suggested — rather the end of one and that is how it has played out.Poch’s sniping comments and sullen demeanour were in stark contrast to his initial charm and focus.Poch wanted out and Levy knew it.SERIAL WINNERNineteen defeats in 2019 meant results as well as morale had been impacted and action was needed.Change, no matter how painful, is necessary at times and Spurs have been ruthless.A manager who won no silverware in five seasons has been replaced by a serial winner.In the 12 seasons since Spurs’ last trophy Jose has collected 13.ARSENAL FAIL TO ACTArsenal fans, in contrast, wish their club would show such leadership.Where once there was pride in loyalty to managers — Bruce Rioch aside — now it is utter despair.A lack of leadership permeates the club — in the boardroom where Arsene Wenger stayed too long, to the pitch where a five-man captain group proves they don’t have one!The notorious international-break manager cull appeared to have Unai Emery most vulnerable, with two wins in 10 games Arsenal’s worst league start since 1981.Yet the board believe he is still the right man.INITIAL IMPACTI was impressed by his initial impact in what was the most difficult job of all big six clubs.He established accountability for underperforming stars and improved fitness and tactical awareness.An impressive 22-game unbeaten run, although not without its vulnerabilities, showed promise.As the business end of last season approached it looked likely Emery would get the sixth-best team to third but Arsenal reverted to type.Captain Granit Xhaka’s declaration, ‘We had a great season apart from the last four weeks’, said it all.FLIP-FLOPPINGThis season Arsenal fans believe Emery has gone from the right track to repeating the same errors.Defensive issues remain but now his team has a distinct lack of creativity despite him spending £209m.So much so that Mesut Ozil — omitted from six consecutive squads — has now been brought into fold and a return today for outcast Xhaka’s has been mooted, a brave and potentially foolish decision bearing in mind the fans’ anger.If the team do not start well, can Emery trust his temperamental ex-captain not to react?Is his contribution to the team that important to risk a negative reaction?Perhaps that is strong leadership but feels more like desperation.JOSE SHAKE-UPMaybe desperation for trophies is behind Jose’s appointment. It doesn’t feel that way.Yes, a clash of personalities may well play out between him and Levy but the fact Mourinho believes Spurs can win the title next season says it all.Poch said last season that ‘trophies only build egos’ — exactly.The Special One will bring that sense of entitlement. Past loyalties will quickly be forgotten.George Graham managed Spurs. Rafa Benitez managed Chelsea.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR UNITED?The merry-go-round will continue which makes Zinedine Zidane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vulnerable.Will United now be decisive? So often managerial changes are determined mainly by who is available.That Poch is now on the market poses a big question.Can United risk losing another boss as they did with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp? Do they just rip the plaster off now?MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubArsenal have dithered to their detriment when potential successors could not wait for Wenger to step aside.United did it before with Louis van Gaal.Will they again?last_img read more

Football’s day of reckoning around corner as MPs to get tough over coronavirus

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE stakeholders will hold another conference call today — and unanimously agree they have no idea when football can return to action.All manner of proposals will be put forward as to the best way of completing the virus- interrupted season.4 Daniel Levy was one of two Prem owners to make their staff furloughCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut none of them will mean a thing until we know when this deadly pandemic is going to end — and that is the trillion-dollar question which absolutely no one has the answer to right now.I expect the Prem to re-emphasise its complete commitment to avoid curtailing the campaign.But I am completely committed to winning the lottery. Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.More and more Premier League teams are coming around to the idea of playing the remaining 92 fixtures behind closed doors, probably at neutral venues. Yet even that suggestion remains a million miles away while the country is in lockdown.As Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish found out to his cost this week, even two footballers getting together is absolutely forbidden at the moment.So the idea of two full teams plus subs, match officials, coaches, medics, groundsmen and camera crews being allowed to congregate is fanciful in the extreme.4 Health Secretary Matt Holland called on Premier League players to do moreCredit: crown copyrightEven if clubs could somehow guarantee that everyone in the stadium was virus-free, they would still need Government backing for football to come out of isolation.And getting any favours from the authorities seems highly unlikely in light of the way the game is carrying on during this crisis.Ministers and MPs are rightly appalled that clubs such as Tottenham and Newcastle United have placed all their non-playing staff on furlough and requested a bail-out from the taxpayers.It is a cynical ploy by the likes of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Toon owner Mike Ashley to ultimately slash their wage bills.The gruesome twosome are prepared to take a short-term hit in terms of negative publicity if it leads to their players taking a long-term pay cut.They are trying to publicly shame multi-millionaire footballers into accepting a wage cut to bail out hundreds of lower-paid workers.Gordon Taylor and the Professional Footballers’ Association have so far resisted calls for a collective deferral until they have been allowed to examine the accounts of the clubs.4 Mike Ashley also made non-playing staff members furloughCredit: EPAThe players’ union is right to remain suspicious of many club owners, who are seeking to use this crisis to wriggle out of their contractual obligations.But football’s mega-wealthy really need to understand which way the wind is blowing because there’s a hurricane heading their way and it’s about to blow the whole house down.The general public is looking for a scapegoat and the players are currently losing the PR war. They need to act fast to ensure they’re not holding the parcel of blame when the music stops.At the moment they are coming across like Goodfellas mob boss Paulie leaning on struggling restaurants.“Business is bad? F*** you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? F*** you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning? F*** you, pay me.”The reality is very different.Hundreds of players have been making charitable donations and are helping out with community projects during this time of national emergency.But unfortunately, it’s not enough to placate an increasingly anxious country which is now struggling to make ends meet. That’s why the well-intentioned #FootballUnited campaign seems to be struggling to reach its target of raising £100,000 to help local communities.It’s a lovely idea but sceptical members of the public are left wondering why big stars can’t just donate the money themselves. Most players would willingly take a pay deferral to support their lower-paid colleagues and secure the survival of lower league clubs in danger of going into liquidation.But many owners want way more than that.They want players to renegotiate their contracts and in an ideal world they would also cut agents out of all future deals.Football, like every other business, is living in extraordinary times and someone is going to have to pick up the tab when all this is finally over.The Government has broken all its financial governance to save the country from going broke and somewhere down the line they will have to claw this money back.So it comes as no surprise that the chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is now calling for a “windfall tax” on the Premier League’s multi-billion-pound global television broadcast deals.Julian Knight MP calls the current situation “obscene” — and he has given the clubs until next Tuesday to put their houses in order.And if they continue to operate a two-tier system of paying their players but not the rest of their staff, he wants the Chancellor to intervene.That would be the ultimate nightmare for clubs who are already leveraged up to their necks despite that annual windfall.But after years of living beyond its means, football’s day of reckoning is coming much sooner than anyone bargained for.McClean and jerkTHE longer this lockdown continues, the greater the chances of bored football stars posting inappropriate material online.Stoke’s James McClean has already shared a picture of him wearing a paramilitary balaclava to deliver a history lesson to his children.With a teacher that thick, what hope is there for the poor kids?But I fear he is not going to be the last numbskull to cross the borders of poor taste.Footballers have a very short attention span and are obsessed with sharing every detail of their often vacuous lives.And that’s a dangerous combination which can only end in tears.4 James McClean uploaded this hugely controversial postmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Ju must be jokingJUVENTUS chief Andrea Agnelli has got some front when he calls for united responsibility to ensure football’s long-term well-being and sustainability.As chairman of the European Club Association, Agnelli has spent the past few years trying to turn the Champions League into a closed shop.If he’d had his way, Europe’s richest clubs would be guaranteed entry every year at the expense of ambitious teams such as Atalanta, RB Leipzig, Leicester and Lyon.But now the s*** has hit the fan and suddenly we’re all in it together.Let’s hope that Agnelli remains in isolation long after the rest of Italy has emerged from lockdown.DURING these difficult times, we have to take solace where we can. One crumb of comfort is the fact that no one has mentioned VAR for weeks. Enjoy the silence while it lasts.Health Secretary Matt Hancock calls on Premier League footballers to take a pay cut during coronavirus battlelast_img read more

Son could miss Spurs training return and go into quarantine after military stint

first_img3SON HEUNG-MIN could miss Tottenham’s training return and be put back in quarantine after South Korea military service.The South Korean international is not expected back in England until may after undergoing his three-week mandatory national service amid the coronavirus crisis.3 Son Heung-min could miss Tottenham training return and be put back in quarantine after South Korea military serviceSon, 27, headed back to his native country to partake in the service following his stint in isolation and is set to complete his military service on May 10.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesIt is likely he will have to self-isolate for another 14 days with the authorities tightening up on measures for those jetting into the country.Under South Korean law, before the age of 28 you must complete 21 months of national service, unless you earn an exemption.The Spurs ace has earned that exemption after winning gold with his country at the Asian Games in 2018 but opted to undertake the short-term training after the Premier League was KO’d indefinitely by coronavirus.Son was instructed to self-isolate in February after returning from arm surgery in his homeland, before being forced to once again complete another spell in quarantine in Seoul last month.Premier League clubs have hashed out plans to resume training on May 18 with the hope that the top flight can resume on June 8.The government have suggested that clubs give their players 48 hours’ notice to return to training, with plans for Prem football played behind closed doors to be back on TV within weeks.3All 20 clubs will hold a conference call on Friday to devise a plan for the resumption of the top flight – which will only take place if the government gives plans the green light.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticA restart date in June and mid-July finish is on the cards, with next season starting in August following the coronavirus crisis, according to a Premier League insider.Arsenal are the first Premier League team to return to action with Gunners stars back in training after 47 days away during the coronavirus pandemic.The North Londoners ten-pitch Hertfordshire HQ will be strictly conforming to the government’s social-distancing rules — with players working on a different pitch and will have their own footballs to avoid any threat of cross-contamination.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealArsenal stars leave training as they become first Premier League club to return after 47 days of isolationlast_img read more

Tui Lolohea breaks silence on Warriors rumours

first_imgThe 21-year-old endured a frustrating 2016 season, struggling to find a permanent position in ex-coach Andrew McFadden’s side.Rumours swirled earlier this year that he could be on the way out after he posted a photo to Instagram from the Broncos training base in Brisbane.With the Warriors signing Kieran Foran, fresh rumours circulated last weekend that the exciting young prospect was looking to leave, but Lolohea dismissed those claims.”I’ll definitely for sure be at the Warriors next year,” Lolohea told Newshub.”I know there’s been a lot of talk about me in the media but I’m looking forward to staying here and learning off some of the people at the club.”I just want to let my football do the talking when the chance comes around and just prove people wrong.”McFadden was replaced by former Kiwi Test coach Stephen Kearney after the Warriors failed to make the finals for the fifth straight season.While the NRL hasn’t officially sanctioned Foran’s return after his stunning departure from the Eels, if he is permitted to play, Kearney will have one of the most fearsome spines in NRL history. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – who was injured for most of 2016 – will start at fullback, Foran will partner Shaun Johnson in the halves and Issac Luke will run things from dummy half. Lolohea will most likely find a home in the centres or on the wing, but has been used in the halves and at fullback in the past.last_img read more

Lafai, Winterstein into Samoa squad

first_imgAfter announcing their 24-man squad in Samoa on Friday morning, officials were given the belated news that Newcastle Knights skipper Mata’utia and Knights-bound Brisbane centre Moga have been ruled unfit.Mata’utia had been told he would be fine to play in the tournament but the Samoans were advised by the Knights after further tests that he should not play following a concussion in the last NRL match of the season. Moga has been directed to have off-season shoulder surgery.Their replacements are two in-form NRL players from this season in Lafai, the St George Illawarra Dragons’ three-quarter, and Manly back-rower Winterstein – neither of whom missed a club match in 2017.“While it is disappointing, especially at this late stage when we were led to believe both players were fit, I am really delighted that we have such depth to bring in Frank and Tim who were both disappointed not to make the initial squad,” said Parish.“Tim has played eight times for Samoa and both were valuable members of our 2013 World Cup squad. “They have proved to be consistent good performers in the NRL this season and I know how much this opportunity will mean to them.”Frank Pritchard was earlier named as captain in a squad which includes Canberra Raiders powerhouse Josh Papalii, who is playing for Samoa for the first time at the World Cup,Papalii will play alongside Canberra teammates Junior Paulo and Joey Leilua in a strong Toa Samoan side with extensive NRL and Super League experience but a blend of youth.Zane Musgrove, Jazz Tevaga and Jarome Luai are other newcomers to the Toa Samoa squad, while Joseph Paulo returns to the side for the first time since 2010.Ben Roberts, Leeson Ah Mau, Peter and Sione Mata’utia, Sam Tagataese and Tautau Moga add further experience to the squad.Samoa squadFrank Pritchard (captain)Bunty AfoaLeeson Ah MauFaámanu BrownHerman Ese’esePita GodinetTim LafaiJoey LeiluaRicky LeuteleSam LisoneJarome Luai **Suaia MatagiPeter Mata’utiaKen MaumaloZane Musgrave **Josh Papalii **Joseph PauloJunior PauloBen RobertsSam TagataeseJazz Tevaga **Young TonumaipeaFrank WintersteinMatthew Wrightlast_img read more

Emma Jensen makes Baabaas history

first_imgFormer Black Fern Jensen will join players from seven countries under the banner of the famous English club.The women’s team will play a Munster outfit at Thomond Park in Limmerick, Ireland on November 10.Their game will be a curtainraiser to the Barbarians men’s match against Tonga.The 39-year-old Jensen was part of the New Zealand squad that won the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups. The halfback was also involved in the 2014 World Cup. She celebrated her 100th game for Auckland this season.The women’s team will be officially unveiled in Britain on Wednesday (NZT) and will be led by Giselle Mather, a World Cup-winner with England and currently the Wasps director of rugby.The Barbarians have picked up the baton for women’s rugby on the back of the hugely successful World Cup in Ireland earlier this year where New Zealand beat England in a pulsating final.”We’re delighted to open a new chapter in the Barbarian FC’s history with the creation of our women’s team this season,” club chairman John Spencer told The Guardian.”Its formation is something we’ve been working towards for a number of years and it is a reflection of the excellence of the global women’s game which was showcased so brilliantly at this year’s World Cup.”Our aim is to welcome more talented players into this iconic club to forge new friendships and play with the style and passion for which the Barbarians are famous. We are working with clubs and unions around the world to make sure it benefits the players and the game.”Scotland’s Susie Brown, France’s Christelle Le Duff and Kelly Russell of Canada are other players confirmed.Mather is thrilled to be leading the team and feels the women’s game is booming.”The Barbarians are one of the reasons I fell in love with rugby and to be coaching this side is a massive honour,” Mather said.”It’s going to be a massive opportunity for all these athletes. The state of the women’s game is phenomenal at the moment following events like the World Cup and the launch of the Premier 15s in England. With the Barbarians coming in on top of that it’s taking the game to a different level.” Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Caption: Halfback Emma Jensen on the charge for the Black Ferns against England.last_img read more

Lahanis and Tumbes bow out of Digicel Cup

first_imgThey’re Rabaul Agmark Gurias, Simbu TNA Lions, Lae Snax Tigers, Mendi Muruks, Kemele Hela Wigmen and Mt Hagen Eagles.Lahanis and Tumbe said goodbye to the 2015 season after being defeated in the elimination finals on Sunday.Lahanis lost to Eagles 26-17 on home soil while Tumbes were defeated by home team Muruks 18-10.Tumbe has done well for a team in its inaugural season in the competition.In other results, Gurias shocked top team Snax Tigers, defeating them 20-16 while TNA Lions maintained form, beating Hela Wigmen 28-20.The second elimination final this weekend will see Tigers to play Muruks and Wigmen will take on Hagen Eagles.Gurias and Lions will stand by to play the winners of these two matches.The grand final is scheduled for September 5 with the venue yet to be confirmed.last_img read more

A born competitor who wants to try in rallies and in the ring

first_imgHe learned and grew in his assignments to Córdoba and Valladolid, but in the Ray he exploded. He was instrumental in the ascent with 24 goals (a historical record) and achieved 14 in his premiere in Primera. The last summer, Madrid transferred him to Benfica, where he has barely been able to demonstrate his full potential.His skin reminds him: “Follow your goals, fulfill your dreams, but don’t forget who you are and where you come from.” For it, Pablo Arias monitors physical preparation and food of the forward, who he plans to try as a boxer (Professionals Eric Pambani and Damián Biancho started him in a sport he already practices) or rally driver (He has two car simulators at home) when he hangs up his boots tomorrow.Now His goal is to save Espanyol after having experienced two descents (Castilla y Rayo) and re-grease those boots of number 41. At the moment the prejudices are shaken: Some think he’s cool, when he’s really shy and a born competitor. He summoned him to a social tournament and, after his participation, a letter arrived to make the preseason with the fry B. Thomas always had a white heart, but his parents paid him to the Lightning because it was cheaper. Hence his first memories of Vallecas are from Lopetegui, with his cap, under sticks. Both were destined to meet: first in the U19 (2012) and then in Madrid (summer 2018).At age eight, Raúl arrived at the Madrid quarry and beat the sieves summer after summer, those that left many companions along the way. Something that made him mature by leaps and bounds. This Madrid, of Dominican descent by his mother Mila, spent almost five years in the SEK school, leaving behind a difficult childhood surrounded by somewhat problematic friendships. The brothers of Tomás, in the simulators.@ rauldetomas17 Raúl de Tomás Gómez (Madrid, October 17, 1994) carries football in his blood. His father, also called Raul but known as ‘Beni’, played as a midfielder in different clubs of Second B (Sanse, Tomelloso, Pegaso, Yeclano and Torrevieja) and his brother Rubén is a midfielder. As a child, RdT acted as a midfielder in San Roque, the team in his neighborhood (Barajas). It was precisely in a derby against Alameda de Osuna, when a scout of Real Madrid noticed him. In class coincided with Pozo, after repeating some course, while his goals opened the doors of Castilla and the first team, with Ancelotti. Ironies of fate debuted against Espanyol in Copa (29-10-14). However, Zidane marked his career. He was his idol and not having responded to his expectations remains a thorn.last_img read more

Unionistas-Real Madrid A dreamer and a sleepy

first_imgThe Cup brings heaven and earth closer, sometimes thunderously. It did not reach so much this time, but Madrid, like two hours before Barça, did not make the difference between two worlds. The match was more brown to below zero than the merit contest. With more headlines than expected, Unionistas, that nostalgic cooperative that remained standing until the end, was excited. Zidane’s team did not pick up better news than some details of Brahim and his presence in the eighth bass drum, which will have more explosive charge. He marked Bale with a burial face, offered the purpose of amending James and the others were saved for main network matches.Benzema played, maximum indication that Zidane was far from leaving Madrid outdoors in the only competition that turns its back. And he was surrounded by the best possible team considering the expeditionaries. It was a show of respect for Unionists and their public, who made the Cup the patronal feast of winter. The Federation has given the modest ones the field (small and hard east of Las Pistas), the public, the weather, the box office and even the hunger for splashing the competition. That always liked the people and never the greats, who preferred to keep the correction factor of the second leg.And in that game full of discomforts, in full weather emergency, He put Bale, who came to decide other games and has ended up playing these. Now go deep inside the closet. In a shot of his right and after rubbing in Ayoze, Madrid went ahead. That has been in large part of his career, the naked goal, unadorned before or after. The celebration was mourning. It is true that a goal to a Second B does not give to shirt, but The Welshman composed the rictus of those who receive a traffic ticket. He played and behaved at room temperature. He sent the nth message asking not to wait for him and left again injured.James’s willUnionists must have reminded Zidane of where it all began: a second-order rival, hardworking, grown up, stubborn and inaccurate. Blended with the coldness of the night and the bumpy grass, Madrid was left with an unfriendly party, with very little action, from which almost no one was awarded. He suffered little (a distant but powerful shot of Gongora deflected by Areola was the closest thing to an occasion of the Salamanca), but he suffered little. The goal of Bale and a petroleum jelly of James with the right that swung on the crossbar were his only chances of the first half. The Colombian wanted to rise in the ranks with his party, the second he has played since October. The Cup was for him a productive occupational therapy. The most dangerous of Madrid passed on his left, although he resisted the goal. Goals0-1, 17 ‘: Bale, 1-1, 56 ‘: Álvaro Romero, 1-2, 61 ‘: Gongora, 1-3, 91 ‘: Brahim Diaz CardsÁlvaro Romero (67 ‘, Yellow The Salamanca fell back over the minutes. Sus legs held less than those of Madrid, a fact that was subtracting the initial boldness and he was relegating them to his area at the end of the first half. But Zidane’s team made no effort to abbreviate that. Vinicius was less vindictive than expected, Benzema left him for days of greater shaft and Casemiro and Valverde were not the usual midfielders.So there was a bleak game, much more emotional in the stands than on the grass, until Álvaro Romero, a vitamin player who had only been on the grass for two minutes, hooked a ball in three quarters of the field, moved his career to Nacho and Carvajal and applied a left near the squad that beat Areola. The Unionists felt at the edge of the impossible. It lasted five minutes. For the first time he really squeezed Madrid, which came back in front of another play that was not very bright. He won the bottom line Marcelo and his center finished off defectively, falling, Brahim. Gongora tried to avoid it and ended up signing a goal.There, and in two subsequent auctions of De la Nava arrested by Areola, the best of Madrid, Unionistas expired, because Zidane’s team regained their sense of duty and sought to give the case a wallet. Brahim put the enthusiasm that Bale lacked, Marcelo opened gas for his band and Zidane put Jovic in case he found the gunpowder this time. Nor did he appear: he sent an empty door shot to the post. The consultations of the psychologists are full of scorers without a goal. Brahim, the only one with an appetite, closed the lawsuit at the discount. He was the only meritorious who raised his hand. ChangesBrahim diaz (52 ‘, Bale), Álvaro Romero (54 ‘, Iván Garrido), Jovic (74 ‘, Benzema), Diego Gonzalez (79 ‘, Javi Navas), Isco (79 ‘, James), Matthieu Amouzou (86 ‘, Ayoze)last_img read more

Barça, 6.45% more passes ahead than in Setién’s debut

first_imgOne step back to take more passes forward. That was Barça de Setién against Leganés. Because although the Cantabrian, not to hurt his self-esteem, tried to hide at the end of the game by saying that in the course of the 90 minutes he had considered recovering the pasty system used in the first three games, it is indisputable that he claimed. On the fourth day, the overwhelming facts forced him to back down and give up 3-5-2 to recover the 4-3-3 of Valverde and so many other technicians. An intelligent setback, because it was clear that Barça was not going anywhere with the first system that Setién had in mind. One of the virtues that applaud most of Setién is knowing how to take advantage of the characteristics of its players. And it is obvious that Barça players feel more comfortable in that scheme. That Semedo and Sunrise they are lateral, which Pique Y Lenglet They understand each other by marking the line with each other. Also that Busquets You are more comfortable playing only in the midfield position instead of in an online media jam. And that Ansu It is not a lane, but extreme. Extremes, that commandment of cruyffism to which Setién had renounced and to which he happily returned against Leganes. The ends facilitate one on one, the superiorities and the entrance of the sides when they enter inside. Messi and Griezmann played freely and understanding between them was detected. The portrait of the midfielders was also more fresh and complementary. One, Busi, position. Other, From Jong, something lost yet, but back and forth and undisputed ability. And another for the struggle, recovery and arrival in the area, Arturo vidal. In the distance, it seemed a much more reasonable Barça than in the first days of Setién.Barça, of course, also had mismatches in defense and Leganés reached Ter Stegen With some comfort. But that is what was sold with the arrival of Setién. Fun and more risk. Arrivals of the rival, but many more own. Barça performed 25 good actions in the opposing area and finished 14 times from within the action zone of Cuellar. Despite the weakness of the rival, the body made his people a little happy, who had become discouraged with his first games. It can be said that Setién took a step back in order to move forward more times. A decision that allowed to see a more vibrant and vertical Barça, which gave 6.45% more passes forward than in the coach’s debut. On the first day of Setién, against Granada, the Catalans gave 1005 passes, of which only 203 went forward, 20.2 percent. This Thursday, against Leganés, Barça passed the ball 844 passes and 225 went forward, a 26.65.The increase, of 6.45, is significant. But, in addition, it was tangible to the naked eye. A much more vertical and deep team. It was demonstrated by the play of the first goal. After shamelessly giving up a band in the first matches, Semedo, side in the defense of four, reached the bottom line and found Griezmann. The midfielders risked much more in the passes and Barça was much more stretched across the field, which It allowed Messi to find more spaces and participate in the five Barça goals.last_img read more